Electronic Arts has filed a trademark for Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville in Europe.
While it’s yet to be officially announced, Battle for Neighborville is expected to be the next shooter entry in the Plants vs. Zombies series.
According to a ResetEra post, a listing for the game briefly appeared on EA’s own website in July.
An accompanying description read: “Kick some grass in Plant vs. Zombies Battle for Neighborville, the wackiest shooter yet! Unearth 20 fully customizable character classes, one social region, three free-roam regions, nine PvP modes, including 4v4 Battle Arena, and more!”
Reporting its quarterly earnings in May, EA said it planned to release a new Plants vs. Zombies “HD shooter title” during the current business year ending in March 2020.
CEO Andrew Wilson said it will be “fun and irreverent as always”, while CFO Blake Jorgensen said the company expects the game to sell “in the low single digit millions”.
EA held a console alpha test for the upcoming Plants vs. Zombies shooter in August. It said the title, which is codenamed Picnic, is in development at the team behind Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, which released for consoles and PC in 2014 and received a sequel in 2016.
The publisher announced in July that mobile game Plants vs. Zombies 3 is in the early stages of development and playable in pre-alpha through the Google Play store.